Navigation Links
With a Broken Hip Comes Higher Risk for Dying
Date:8/4/2009

Expert warns that consequences of osteoporosis go far beyond weak bones,,

TUESDAY, Aug. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Older people who break a hip have nearly a 25 percent chance of dying in the next five years, a Canadian study has found.

The five-year death rate for those who have a spinal fracture is 16 percent, according to the study, which is reported in the Aug. 4 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

The study, which included 7,753 people aged 50 and older from all parts of Canada, found that a hip fracture increases the risk of death 3.2-fold and a spinal fracture increases the risk 2.7-fold, said study author George Ioannidis, a health research methodologist at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

A number of previous studies have outlined the dangers of fractures for older people, Ioannidis said. "The big difference between this study and the others is design," he said. "We had a random selection of the Canadian people, looking at areas with 40 percent of the Canadian population. Other studies have looked at non-randomized samples, from hospitals or specific geographic regions."

Twenty different factors that could influence mortality, and many different fracture types, were considered in the study, Ioannidis said. The most significant relationships were found for hip and spine fractures.

The research effort, called the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study, focused on the effects of the bone-weakening condition seen in one of every four women older than 50 and one in every eight men of that age.

"I don't think that individuals are completely aware of the consequences of osteoporosis," Ioannidis said. "It causes not only weakening but also death."

One of every six women over 50 will sustain a hip fracture, he said.

All estimates in the study appear to apply to U.S. residents as well as Canadians.

People should start thinking about the possible dangers of osteoporosis as early as age 50, Ioannidis said. "If you are worried about it, you definitely should consult your physician," he said. "We can act early. We have medications that are very effective, and a variety of non-medical interventions to reduce the incidence of falls that cause fractures."

Those non-medical interventions are a specialty of Maureen Ashe, co-author of a commentary accompanying the report, and an investigator at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility at Vancouver General Hospital and an assistant professor of family practice at the University of British Columbia.

The toll taken by fractures might be greater than reported in the study, Ashe noted. Cognitive impairment and dementia are major risk factors for fall-related fractures, she said, and people with those conditions are difficult to recruit and thus might be under-represented in the study.

Other medical risk factors include worsening vision, decreased sense of balance and possible effects of the multiple medications taken by many older people, she said.

Bone health can be helped, she said, by adequate physical activity.

"But there are both internal and external factors" involved in fractures, she said. "A lot of preventive research has been done about improving a person's environment, such as making sure there is adequate lighting, fastening scatter rugs, providing handrails where necessary."

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has more on osteoporosis.



SOURCES: George Ioannidis, Ph.D., health research methodologist, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Maureen Ashe, Ph.D., investigator, Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, Vancouver General Hospital, and assistant professor of family practice, University of British Columbia, Vancouver; Aug. 4, 2009, Canadian Medical Association Journal


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. When the rules of the game are broken: Research studies sports injuries related to illegal activity
2. Pelosi: By Literally Fixing Broken Hearts, Dr. DeBakey Has Given Hope and Health to Millions
3. Trust for Americas Health: New E. Coli Outbreak, Confusion Around Salmonella Show Food Safety System Remains Broken
4. DNA Testing and Genetic Profiles Help Avoid Broken Hearts Polls Reveal
5. AAHSA Survey and Certification Task Force: The System Is Broken and Cant Be Fixed
6. Nursing Home Task Force Says, The System Is Broken and Cant Be Fixed
7. The Biology of Broken Bones Leads to New Treatments
8. Ceasefire Broken in Democratic Republic of Congo; International Medical Corps Warns of Looming Humanitarian Catastrophe and Wider Regional Impact
9. SEIUs Andy Stern Renews Call to Fix Nations Broken Health Care System, Ease Financial Strain on Working Families, Economy
10. New Years Resolution for Illinois Lawmakers: Fix Broken Health Care System
11. Nurses to Congress: Expanding Medicare Could Reverse Job Losses, and Repair Our Broken Healthcare System and Safety Net
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
With a Broken Hip Comes Higher Risk for Dying 
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... While it’s often important to take ... an inventor from Austin, Texas, has identified a solution. , She developed a prototype ... restricted lighting. As such, it eliminates the need to turn on a light when ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... PurhealthRX , a leading Health and Nutrition Company, is announcing the ... spectrum CBD oil will revolutionize the rapidly growing CBD market by reducing the amount ... into liquid products, while reducing costs to end users. , The team of researchers ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Apple Rehab Shelton Lakes , ... mock evacuation of the facility as part of a disaster drill on October 3rd. ... EMS and Shelton City Emergency Manager, as well as the Connecticut Long Term ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... New York, NY (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... most influential people in business to advocate for action towards gender equality at their ... 18,000 views from around the globe, and reached a social audience of over 3 ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Talented host, actor ... on sciatica in a new episode of "Success Files," which is an award-winning ... innovation and investigates each subject in-depth with passion and integrity. , Sciatica occurs ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... , Oct. 11, 2017  Caris Life Sciences ® ... fulfilling the promise of precision medicine, today announced that ... Caris, Precision Oncology Alliance™ (POA) as its 17 th ... the St. Jude Crosson Cancer Institute will help develop ... use of tumor profiling, making cancer treatment more precise ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... 2017  Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. ("Hill-Rom") (NYSE: HRC), today ... Las Piedras, Puerto Rico , where ... Following a comprehensive ... minor structural damage, temporary loss of power and minimal ... completed, manufacturing operations have resumed, and the company expects ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... EXTON, Pa. , Oct. 10, 2017   ... leader in innovative solutions for injectable drug administration, today ... of West,s ID Adapter for improving the intradermal administration ... the Fourth Skin Vaccination Summit in May 2017 by ... Team Lead, Polio Department, World Health Organization (WHO), and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: